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Cautionary Tale For The Phils

Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 10:24 AM
(Reprinted from July 17, 2011 Inquirer) | By Frank Fitzpatrick Inquirer Staff Writer CLEVELAND - The Indians sat in first place when, on the cool and pleasant evening of June 20, they opened a series with the Colorado Rockies at Progressive Field. Despite the good record and weather, and... Read more

What's Next For The Phils?

Monday, August 6, 2012, 1:48 PM
The Cubs? Or the Indians? Which model will the fallen Phillies follow? Let's assume that what we've watched from the Phillies these first 108 games of 2012 is no aberration and that the entertaining, successful and profitable mini-dynasty we've all watched these last six seasons is at an end. ... Read more

A REAL PHILADELPHIA FIRE SALE

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 3:14 PM
So the 2012 Phillies have conceded that the greatest sustained era in their otherwise futile history is over. But as tough as it is to see Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and maybe others depart, the sell-off can't compare to the breakup of the only Philadelphia baseball dynasty comparable to this one... Read more

More Bad News at Penn State

Friday, June 29, 2012, 2:01 PM
The ongoing Freeh investigation at Penn State has moved beyond the university's handling -- or mishandling -- of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. According to a reprot in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the investigators are focusing on how former president Graham Spanier and the university's general... Read more

Leftover Sandusky Thoughts

Monday, June 25, 2012, 6:30 PM
Some additional musings about the anything-but-amusing Jerry Sandusky/Penn State scandal: *** All those who suggested the concept of an adult male having sex with a boy was too much for the octagenarian Joe Paterno to comprehend underestimated the breadth of the old coach's knowledge. The most... Read more

Letter to a Demon

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 8:23 PM
Dear Red Auerbach: I thought I’d write because I wasn’t sure if they had wireless in hell. First of all, please don’t hesitate to let me know if I can make things any more miserable for you down there. Can I get you a Super Pretzel? Season tickets to the Soul? A Phanatic hat? You... Read more

Remembering the Rodney King Riots

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 4:35 PM
The big bus rolled through a rightfield gate unto Dodger Stadium's pristine playing field. It moved slowly along the foul line before coming to a stop in front of the visitors dugout. Phillies players, gazing warily around the empty stadium as if expecting to encounter rampaging mobs, emerged from the... Read more

Remembering the Rodney King Riots

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 4:35 PM
The big bus rolled through a rightfield gate unto Dodger Stadium's pristine playing field. It moved slowly along the foul line before coming to a stop in front of the visitors dugout. Phillies players, gazing warily around the empty stadium as if expecting to encounter rampaging mobs, emerged from the... Read more

THE FIRST NFL DRAFT

Friday, April 27, 2012, 8:25 AM
The first NFL draft was, in many ways, a grand success for Bert Bell. The Eagles' patrician owner had devised the idea nine months earlier, selling it to his colleagues as a way to maintain a competitive balance and, not insignificantly, hold down salaries. It eventually would be successful and was... Read more

IT'S BAAAAACK!

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 12:51 PM
I know it's difficult, but stop texting, Tweeting and Zoosking for a moment. (If you don't know what Zoosking is, you've probably got a life, a job or a tan, perhaps even all three.) Open the door, walk outside and lift a finger into the air. (No, Philadelphians, not that finger.) Ok, feel it? ... Read more
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Reporter Frank Fitzpatrick, a 2001 Pulitzer Prize finalist, is covering his eighth Olympic Games and has yet to win a medal in anything except caffeine consumption. He has also been the beat writer for the Phillies, Eagles and Penn State football.

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